Staff Spotlight: Get to Know Scott Wynne, Farragut Middle School's New Principal
Tell us about your journey to Hastings.
I've served in many different roles throughout my career. I began as a middle school math teacher, math department chairperson and math Academic Intervention Service (AIS) provider for the Yorktown Central School District. I earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and a second Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision during that time.
I then transitioned from the classroom to an administrative role, serving as the Dean of Students at George Fischer Middle School in Carmel. After a great experience in Carmel, I became the Assistant Principal at Eastchester Middle School. After four years, I became Principal of Eastchester Middle School and served in that role for another four years. In the final step of my journey before Hastings, I served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction at Eastchester for six years.
Every role I've held has helped shape me as an educator and leader in many positive ways.
What inspired you to pursue a career in education?
My mother and grandmother inspired me to pursue a career in education. My mother served as a teacher in Chappaqua for over 20 years, and my grandmother was a secretary at Scarsdale Middle School for over 30 years.
Growing up in an education family helped me to see how impactful and inspirational it can be to work with students every day.
What do you love about your current role as FMS Principal?
The best part about being Principal at FMS is being back with students and teachers directly every single day. While I loved my role in Curriculum & Instruction, there is nothing better than the unknown that each day brings in a school building. I love to see the smiles on the faces of the students and the hard work being put in by our teachers each and every day. It inspires me to see the wonderful experiences our students get to have while at Farragut.
What goals would you like to achieve this school year?
My goals for this year are to better understand the Hastings community, to make changes for the benefit of the student experience, and to develop a longer-term action plan to raise the academic and social-emotional experience for our students.
Tell us one 'fun fact' about yourself or something that you enjoy doing outside of work.
One fun fact about myself is that I am a classically-trained piano player. I started playing when I was five years old and was taught by my grandmother. I then took professional lessons throughout middle school and high school. While I don't play professionally, I love to play for fun whenever I can!
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
My favorite quote is from Albert Camus:
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back."